Tag:Omar Minaya
Posted on: December 18, 2008 1:23 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 1:24 pm

Mets Would Benefit More With Less Sexy Names

I have a lot to say about my favorite teams this time of year, and I plan on writing a blog about each and every one of them this week.  Consider it a McNotables 6 days of Christmas.  Leave it to me to start off writing about the only team that actually isn't playing a game this week, my beloved New York Mets.

Omar Minaya has already started off the winter with a couple of great moves, revamping the bullpen with Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz.  You also shouldn't overlook the acquisitions of both Jeremy Reed and Sean Green.  Green is a reliable 6th or 7th inning reliever that can give you 75 appearances over the season.  Reed should be the replacement to Endy Chavez, a slap hitting outfielder off the bench with some speed.

But hopefully Mr. Minaya realizes he is not done.  The Mets are set at the corner infield spots, as well as shortsop and centerfield.  Fans are clammering for a new 2B, most notably Orlando Hudson.  While Hudson would look great turning two with Jose Reyes, the Mets can honestly get by at 2B without going outside the organization.  While I, like most fans, are tired of Luis Castillo and his constant injuries, the Mets could do worse.  Though I think they're best option is to continue with the move of Daniel Murphy from the outfield to second, and have Murphy play everyday and bat in the 2 hole.

Catcher is another position where it looks like the Mets will have to do with what they have.  Brian Schneider is a decent receiver, though his bat leaves something to be desired.  Ramon Castro looked like he would be the hitting part of a lefty/righty platoon at backstop last year, but he came down with Andruw Jones Syndrome (injuries and cheeseburgers) and never got going.  It looks like the Mets will have to give this platoon another try in '09, though knowing Minaya, don't be surprised if he makes a pitch for Ivan Rodriguez.

The corner outfield spots are a pressing need.  Well at least one of them.  I think a Ryan Church/Fernando Tatis platoon in RF would prove quite productive.  Both can hit, and I think platooning would give both men needed days off and keep them fresh.  LF is another story and this is where Omar Minaya and Fred Wilpon should start opening the checkbook.  I hate the Phillies as much as the next Mets fan, and who better to hate than Met-killer Pat Burrell.  But Burrell would be a perfect fit in LF on opening day at TaxPayerField...uhh I mean BankruptcyField...oh wait CitiField, yeah thats it.  For starters, you keep Burrell out of the opposing clubhouse, which wins the Mets at least 3 games a year right there.  Burrell has averaged 31 HRs and 99 RBIs the past 4 years, and honestly, from your number 6 hitter, what more do you need?  The Mets shouldn't overpay, but they should try do to as much as they can to have Pat Burrell in Port St. Lucie to start the spring.  That would leave you with a projected lineup of:

SS- Jose Reyes
2B- Daniel Murphy
3B- David Wright
CF- Carlos Beltran
1B- Carlos Delgado
LF- Pat Burrell
RF- Church/Tatis
C- Schneider/Castro
P...oh now we need to address the starting pitching.  It's a concern that needs to be addressed for sure, but not as bad as some people think.  Your Top 3 of Johan Santana, John Maine, and Mike Pelfrey is not too shabby.  There is talk of rookie Jon Niese in the 5 slot, or resigning Pedro Martinez, which as your number 5 starter, isn't the worst thing in the world.  So really the Mets just need a reliable number 4 starter.  There has been talk about resigning Oliver Perez, but I feel like he's going to want more than he's really worth.  There was talk about acquiring Jason Marquis from the Cubs and bringing him home to New York, and I would welcome that.  Marquis is the odd man out in Chicago and needs to go somewhere, and the Mets would be a nice place, though I'd rather see him as the Mets 5th starter.

There are two names out there on the free agent market that I think would look great in the Mets rotation...Brad Penny and Jon Garland.  I know, Penny is built like Homer Simpson and completely imploded last year.  But I think a change of scenery will restore some of the luster on the 250+ lb pitcher.  And Garland, despite his near 5.00 ERA last year, notoriously hits 190 innings every year and a 4.47 career ERA entirely in the AL is not bad.  A move to the NL could easily make him a 3.50 pitcher.  Neither name is sexy, but I believe both would drastically improve the Mets rotation.

So here it is Mr. Minaya, the McNotables Mets Christmas Wish List :
Pat Burrell
Jon Garland
Brad Penny

Make it happen and we'll actually see you in October in 2009.
Posted on: July 28, 2008 12:52 am
Edited on: July 28, 2008 1:31 am

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

If you are a Mets fan, you have to be excited. They have completely done a 180 this last month and now are sitting pretty atop the NL East. But the Phillies and Marlins are lurking. Mets fans still are leery about a collapse because last year is still in the back of their minds. If Omar Minaya really wants the Mets to put last year behind them there's only one thing to do...pick up the phone, call Theo Epstein, and pry Manny Ramirez away from the Red Sox.

I know, I know...there are a bunch of factors that makes this move unlikely. The first is that the Mets depleted an already lacking farm system in the Johan Santana trade. Honestly, I don't think it'll take that much to get Manny from the Sox at this point. The situation is ugly. Manny choking out PR guys, calling out the owner, illegedly throwing at-bats. Epstein has gone on the record saying he would trade Manny if he would waive his no trade clause. Manny came back on Sunday saying he would welcome a trade if the Red Sox had the stones to do it. Manny's from NY. I'm sure he would waive his no trade clause to come back home.

With that volatile a situation I't would behoove Omar Minaya to at least try. If Ryan Church doesn't come back then you have Manny patrolling left field and you are able to platoon Fernando Tatis and Endy Chavez and keep both players fresh. The Mets have the money to do this, and if they want they can even pick up Manny's option and keep him next year as well. But they need to strike fast before either Boston, Manny, or both change their minds. I don't know what Minaya can piece together that would be appealing to the Red Sox, but like I've said at least 8 million times already, he has to at least try.

And if you're worried about Manny's attitude?  I'm one who believes a bad attitude can be handled by a strong manager and a good environment.  I think Jerry Manuel is that strong manager and  think the Mets clubhouse, with that spicy latin flavor, is an environment that Manny will at least find tolerrible.  And if he doesn't change his tune?  Well I'm one fan who would deal with it in return for some big numbers and some playoff wins.

Now I'm not one of those unrealistic fans who thinks his team can grab a superstar just because they need one. But this is one situation where all the cards seem to be falling into the right place. I think with what happened last year, not making the playoffs isn't an option for this team. So with the trade deadline coming up fast Omar Minaya needs to do whatever it takes to get this team into the playoffs. Manny Ramirez at a corner outfield spot would do the trick.
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